In a concerning move, late last night the Queensland Government rushed divisive legislation through Parliament taking away the rights of adopted children, wherever possible, to have both a mother and a father, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
ACL Queensland Director Wendy Francis said the bill appeared to pass almost by stealth and in spite of misgivings from the Parliamentary inquiry looking into the legislation.
The Labor Government, along with ex-Labor members Rob Pyne and Billy Gordon voted for the legislation which allows gay couples and single adults to adopt children.
As the vote was tied at 43-43, the Speaker, Peter Wellington, used his casting vote to side with the Government, passing the bill which will ensure children no longer have the right to be adopted by a mother and a father.
“It was disturbing that legislation which failed to receive the majority support of the parliamentary committee and has such significant impacts on the lives of Queensland children, was not afforded proper process,” Ms Francis said.
“The rights of children are too important for the legislation to be treated so hurriedly.
“It is disappointing to see that on such an important issue for children, with a conflicted committee and parliament, the government decided to push this through in the dead of night,” Ms Francis said.
“For government to legislate that a vulnerable baby or child should miss out on a mother or a father is simply astounding.
“Adoption has always been about the welfare of children who, for reasons not of their own making, are in need of the care of a family including a mother and a father.
“The Labor Government has turned this on its head and made it about the rights of adults to have a child,” she said.
“Yet, according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child there are no rights to have a child.”
On adoption, the UN Convention says, “When children are adopted the first concern must be what is best for them.”
The Convention goes on to say, “In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.”
“What has happened late last night is unjust to children and contrary to the ‘best interests of the child’,” Ms Francis said.
“No one denies that alternate family structures, including single parent households do not preclude good outcomes for children.
“However, this does not change the fact that while a single parent can be a good parent, no matter how great a single parent mother may be, she is not a father, and no matter how great a single parent father is, he is not a mother.
“Nature dictates that men and women are required to produce a child. Men and women then go on to provide unique, complementary roles, both of which are important in the development of children.
“Children of adoption are best served when they are raised by a mother and a father.”